Critical Difference for Women - Grants & Scholarships

Critical Difference for Women (CDW) is a scholarship/grant-offering program administered by The Women's Place for women seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives at Ohio State. CDW reflects the university's commitment to generate support for the specific needs of women, as these individuals seek to realize their goals and dreams, both personally and professionally.

Critical Difference for Women was developed in 1986 to identify and fund the needs of women seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives within all institutional levels and disciplines. Since then, CDW has blossomed into a remarkable scholarship and grant program for Ohio State women comprised of three funds.

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CDW Professional Development Grant recipient and Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator Jill Bartollata
Development Grants

For women staff and faculty who have been continuously employed at Ohio State for at least one year; sophomore level and above full-time undergraduate students; and full-time graduate/professional students to help facilitate professional development and career mobility. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded for professional development conferences and workshops, equipment, research activities, certifications, etc. 

Research on Women Grants

Grants for faculty members and doctoral students (both male and female) who are conducting research on all areas of women's lives, including gender and gender equity. Watch for a call for applications winter 2020.

Re-entry Scholarships

Scholarships for women who have interrupted their education due to unforeseen obstacles such as family responsibilities or financial constraints and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. More ...

 

Read stories from some of the recipients of these funds.

Research on Women Grants

Watch for a call for applications winter 2020

Re-entry Scholarships